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“Impossible to see” pole-costing yellow flag led, says Bagnaia

PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 17: Francesco Bagnaia of Italy and Ducati Lenovo Team rounds the bend during the MotoGP of Portugal – Qualifying at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on April 17, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Francesco Bagnaia says it was “impossible to see” the yellow flag LEDs which cost him the pole position at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Bagnaia had set a pole time of 1:38.494s, which would have broken the existing lap record at the Algarve International Circuit. However, he set his lap passing through a yellow flag section after Miguel Oliveira from KTM crashed at tun 9, making his lap invalid.

“I was already leaning for the corner and preparing for the corner so it was impossible to see my side.

“[Luca] Marini, who was behind me, said to me the same. He also didn’t see the yellow flag so it was impossible.

“But in any case, this is a rule and we have to follow it. The problem was in the 15 minutes [for qualifying] I saw I had two laps canceled in the two attempts that I tried, so it was better to remain in the box and look to the others.

“The good thing is that I [would have] taken the pole position today with an incredible lap and then my pace was really strong.

“In FP4 I was fast and very close to Quartararo who had new tyres, so my pace is good and I will try to recover these positions tomorrow. It will be difficult but I will try.”

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